Dating trailer drivers
We had to bite the bullet on that because we just didn’t have the footage to deal with the issue of trafficking in a meaningful way that was consistent with the rest of the film.
While his claim might sound hyperbolic—or like a canny bit of marketing—it rings true: He logged thousands of miles and hundreds of hours to make the film, braving roach motels, crack highs, and homicidal pimps.“Commercial Company” refers to sex workers, as in, “any commercial out there tonight? ” The sex workers play an elaborate game of tag with the security guards and police officers.The sex workers hide in a “safe truck” when the heat turns up. In the truck, they use the CB to advertise their services and arrange to meet with other truckers on the lot. “40-60-80” is shorthand for a fairly standard rate: $40 for oral sex, $60 for sex, and $80 for both. One of them had a grill, a giant, gem-encrusted belt buckle in the shape of a “G,” and a bottle of scotch in his breast pocket.MJ: What was it about the encounter that intrigued you?AP: There was something about the set of her jaw—she had the strength of someone who had come to grips with a hard life.Mother Jones: So this film was inspired by a truck stop prostitute you met while hitchhiking from New York to San Francisco? It was midday at a truck stop in Ohio, and I was sitting on a bench outside the travel center. We were in the middle of talking about her grandchildren when a truck driver who looked like Santa Claus walked by.
My camping bag lay on the table next to me and a cardboard sign with the word “WEST” scrawled on it. She offered to show him her breasts for $10, he took her up on it, and they walked off into the sunset.
Betty and Monica are addicted to crack, Monica is homeless when she’s not crashing with friends or sympathetic drivers, and both are entangled in dysfunctional relationships.
“I can feel money,” Betty says, a kind of human divining rod, and yet she spends most of the film desperately searching for just that.
When arranging deals over the CB radio, the sex workers would ask the truck drivers, “what color is your house? ” MJ: The film briefly introduces a gay male prostitute offering “massages.” How common are male sex workers on the lot? This begs the question: Why did none of them feature prominently in the film? One of the concerns we had with our lead characters is that selecting them downplays the prevalence of pimps and trafficking in the industry.
AP: We heard a lot of stories, but the only one we met was Jesse. There’s the risk of violence motivated by homophobia. There’s an amazing organization called Truckers Against Trafficking that addresses the issue.
Also, it was clear that she was living outside the bounds of traditional society.